Well, this is it. After 1 year, 5 months and four days, Keepers of the Elements is finally complete. It's been a long road, from first planning this in my granny's living room to posting this last chapter in my mother's kitchen…
Disclaimer: See Chapter 1.
The next day, the Keepers were reunited with their families once again.
"Mom! Dad!" Lindsay ran squealing over to her parents who engulfed her in a hug, followed by her sisters.
Izzy was shrieking like a madwoman as she ran towards her mother, father and brother and tacked them to the ground, laughing.
"Well, I'm guessing we don't have far to go skiing anymore…" Bridgette's mother held her daughter at arm's length to get a good look at her and chuckled.
"I guess not!" Bridgette laughed before pulling her mother in for a hug.
"Gwen, you were totally awesome!" Her brother Matthew gave her a high-five.
"My little girl… all grown up!" Gwen's mother hauled her in for a bone-crushing hug.
"Mom…" She moaned, embarrassed.
"Though not quite in the way I expected…" Her mother trailed off as she hauled her daughter in for another hug.
Heather's family stood some distance away from her, looking as if they did not know what to say.
Her brother Damien was the first to break their silence.
"YOU. WERE. AWESOME!" He exclaimed, running up to her. "I heard all about what you did and I even got to see a bit of it! You were all: BOOM! SMASH! POW!"
"How? How did you see any of it?" Heather raised an eyebrow.
"Mr Wilson set up some sort of spell so we could see how you were since some of the others were getting worried…" Jillian explained, walking up to them.
"Can you do some magic? Pleasssseeeeeeee?" Damien begged Heather.
"Oh, why not?" Heather shrugged, snapped her fingers and a large chunk of the earth beneath Damien rose up into the air.
"THIS IS SO COOL!" He shouted in joy.
"It took you this much trouble to get any respect from Damien, did it?" Mrs Aoki walked over with her husband.
"Yeah, it took me all of this to get him to show me some respect… At least he knows I can dangle him upside down with vines if he even attempts to prank me again…" Heather snapped her fingers again and the chunk of earth Damien was floating around on sunk back into its original place.
"About that… You're not going to abusing your powers in our house once we get back home you know, young lady!" Mr Aoki interjected.
"Don't worry about that, dad. In fact, once I get back home, I'll show you all what I can really do if that make you feel any better…" Heather offered.
"That probably could work…" Her father nodded.
"But I do mean it about the vines if he bothers me again though!" Heather exclaimed.
Gwen, Lindsay, Izzy, Bridgette and Heather were hanging out in the Keeper Den a few weeks later, doing various activities in their rooms.
Gwen was throwing a small energy sphere up and down like a ball in one hand while reading her Elemental book.
Izzy sat on the floor by the fireplace in her room, making large, elaborate shapes with the fire in there.
Lindsay was floating above the ground in a meditation pose that Akari had taught her and she used telekinesis to feed herself a package of strawberry yoghurt.
Bridgette had turned her room into a winter wonderland and was having a snowball fight with an ice statue that she had animated.
Heather meanwhile was in her room, swinging on a swing that she had made of thick vines and attached to the ceiling, thinking deeply.
"This experience has really changed me, changed us all, and changed the world!" She thought. "I wonder what it would have been like if we hadn't been chosen as Keepers. Who would've filled in our places? How would we have reacted…?" She paused before thinking again. "Would Deanna have been alive? I know Vesta told me not to feel bad about it but I still do…" The Earth Keeper sighed, her hair falling loose from its short ponytail.
It was three weeks after their final battle had been concluded. Deanna's funeral had been the week before now.
Having known Deanna for over sixty years and thus longer than anyone else, Vesta had given the eulogy.
All the Immortals as well as the rulers from the various realms had been in attendance, sitting with Heather's fellow Keepers in the second row of the auditorium they had occupied in Hamilton- Deanna had returned to her hometown in death. She and Deanna's family had been sitting at the front along with the remaining Old Keepers.
When Vesta had finished speaking, the leader of the memorial ceremony had asked if anyone else wanted to talk about Deanna and many people stepped forward.
Deanna's husband Troy stepped up immediately after Vesta, looking as if he still could not believe that he was now a widower.
Her triplet sons Tony, Adrian and Eric spoke together.
The youngest of Deanna's grandchildren, Jacques, who would turn 12 later that year, spoke on behalf of all her grandchildren, voice holding steady until he walked off, bursting into tears.
And last, but not least, it was Heather's turn to speak.
"I know I haven't known Deanna for nearly as long as most of you in here have, but she really felt like family and a really good friend to me. She was also a great mentor. No one else could have possibly done a better job training me as she did. And I vow that when the time comes for me to train my successor, I will most certainly bear Deanna's methods in mind. She always knew the best way of doing things with me, despite the fact that I wasn't very willing to learn at first…"
Heather snapped out of her thoughts as she heard Gwen's thoughts breaking through to her.
"Heather, what are you doing? Samuel's waiting for us above ground! He says he has somewhere to take us…"
"Okay, okay. Keep your hair dye on. I'm coming…" Heather muttered, leaping to the ground and making her way out.
When they arrived at their destination- the headquarters of the television studio responsible for Total Drama, it was to lots of cheering and applause. There were large crowds around the buildings in hand with several cameras in hand. News agencies from around the world had already started to gather with their even bigger professional cameras and annoying reporters in tow.
"Come on, let's get you inside before these vultures break the barriers…" Samuel rushed them inside.
"You're going to have to get used to that everywhere you go now…" He shrugged.
The Keepers all looked at one another strangely before shrugging and following him down a hallway and into an auditorium.
When they walked in, they were almost bowled over by the applause and cheers that started when they appeared.
The surviving Old Keepers and all of their family members were there- siblings, children, grandchildren, daughters/sons-in law…
People who worked for the television company were also there, cheering as hard as they could.
The former Total Drama contestants and Chris were also there.
Even some officials from the various magical planets were there.
"So the now Earth-famous Keepers have returned…" Mr Roberts beamed at them.
"Congratulations." Milah smiled from where she was sitting with Travis, Kimberly, Talia and little Ethan in her arms babbling excitedly. Kimberly and Talia reached over and played with the little curly black hair that he had and he babbled even more, brown eyes shining brightly.
"Thanks so much. We couldn't have done it without a lot of your support…" Gwen spoke.
"You can forward our cheques in the mail later." Janna joked, sitting next to her mother. She wasn't as tall as her parents or older brothers and had curly black hair just past her ears. Her twin daughters Marla and Carla had their shoulder-length braids with white and black beads at the end of each strand in a low ponytail.
Several people chuckled at this.
"But for now, this is just a time for all of us to relax." Jane said from where she sat with her father, mother and siblings.
"Goodness knows we all need it…" Amy muttered.
"OH MY GOSH! I want your autograph…" Vanessa squealed, running over to Gwen.
"And you must be little Vanessa.." Gwen asked, kneeling down to her level.
"You bet I am!" Vanessa grinned, going in for a high-five.
Amy and Jack chuckled at this.
"Okay then everyone. Let's get this celebration started!" Nadia hoisted a can of grape soda into the air.
Music started playing and everyone began dancing.
"So now that this is over, what are we gonna do now?" Hiroshi asked, semi-complaining.
"I don't know about you, but I'm going to go do that James Randi test. I've already applied to be tested and I could think of a lot of things that I can do with a million U.S. dollars…" Rika smiled.
"Oh really? So you're a psychic?" Noah's bored voice droned behind them and they turned to see him there with a glass of juice in his hand. "Prove it."
"Dude, you just saw that magic exists! How can you not believe that?" Hitoshi asked.
"Quite easily." He replied simply, taking a sip of his drink. "I see lots of flashy magic spells but reading the mind and other things like that- not really. They could be just fake tricks that fake psychics use all the time!"
"Being psychic isn't all about reading minds you know. Shall I prove it?" Rika put down a cupcake she was holding and focused on the cynic.
"Hitoshi, put my cupcake, down." She spoke without moving her lips as her brother tried to steal her food from behind her back.
Noah raised an eyebrow.
Rika's brothers laughed, finding Rika's annoyed expression hilarious and tumbled around the floor laughing loudly while their parents watched them with flat expressions and Akari chuckled in amusement.
Mr Roberts walked over to Shane where he stood next to his family, chatting animatedly with them.
"Ahem. Excuse me…" He tapped on Shane's shoulder and he along with his family turned to acknowledge them.
"In light of recent events… I really don't want this to be seen as exploitation… How do I put this?" He started.
"Go on…" Shane nodded.
"Since it's come as much of a shock for most of Earth knowing that magic exists, I think it would be a great idea if the company produce one more season for people to get to know different kinds of magical beings, perhaps mixing them with non-magical beings…"
"What of it then?" Shane raised an eyebrow.
"Well, Chris has gotten rather old and mean-"
"HEY!" Chris yelled indignantly, not far off.
Mr Roberts rolled his eyes. "As I was saying, he's simply not fit for television. I've also seen your background academically in Media Studies- I go over records for people coming to "observe" the production process and I've seen how you've acted in this entire situation. I don't know much about magic, but I found it admirable."
"Thank you, but you still haven't gotten to the point…" Shane said flatly.
"Very well then... How would you like to be the host of the newest season of Total Drama?" Mr Roberts asked.
Chris fainted and several people in the background laughed at him, Samuel loudest of all.
"Whoa…" Kyra looked at her brother in awe.
"It's a good opportunity for you I think, son." Shane's father Jonathan Jones nodded in approval.
"But it's a lot to consider…" Anya protested.
"I know that. Here's some information you'll need. Potential plans, contact information etc. Feel free to let me know when you've come up with a decision…" Mr Roberts handed over a large envelope and walked off.
Shane blinked at the envelope before putting it away.
Meanwhile, Izzy, Lindsay, Marla, Carla and Leona had somehow decided that it was a good idea to do a karaoke session and all of them had microphones, belting out an absolutely horrible rendition of Bootylicious by Destiny's Child- with Izzy in the lead.
"I don't think you ready for this jelly, I don't think you ready for this- hey!" Izzy pouted as Rika plugged out the microphone, twirling it in her fingers.
Aideen and her brothers who were sitting at a nearby table laughed loudly at this as William brought over of a bottle of their favourite drink- Scotch.
"We were really having fun!" Marla and Carla pouted.
"That wasn't very fun for our ears though…" Nadia muttered, walking over. Kimberly and Kyra were close behind.
"Let's see you do a better job then!" Leona huffed.
Jane and Amelie snickered.
"Leona, have you forgotten that Rika is in her school's choir?" Jane asked.
"And that Kimberly, Kyra and Nadia are very good dancers?" Amelie pointed out.
Leona face-palmed as Izzy led the wannabe performers off the stage.
The music to Rihanna's Shut Up and Drive began to play loudly. Rika took the lead, the other three girls standing behind her.
"I didn't know Rika could sing!" Lindsay exclaimed in awe.
Akari chuckled. "Yes, Lindsay-chan. Rika can sing. I've tried for years to persuade her to enter Canadian Idol once she turned 18. She did on the 13th April this year and still won't enter…" The former Air Keeper shrugged.
"She never really seemed the type though…" Gwen commented, walking over with some others.
"Yeah. I think I'd have expected more of the diva attitude from Kimberly to be honest…" Heather shrugged.
"She's a different kind of diva." Marissa walked over, contributing to the conversation.
"She's more into the fashion side of things. In fact I do believe she will be attending StellaVita Modelling Agency's Modelling Camp in Radnor during the summer before she comes back here to study at university..." She said.
"She'll flip a gasket if they tell her to cut her hair though. She loves her hair." Milah contributed to the conversation, walking over to them. Travis had Ethan at the moment.
"You'll never need Aideen to help heat the house if the heating's busted, that's for sure." Marissa said jokingly.
"That's right. We have two teenage girls in the house. The main sources of heat in our house half the time are their hairdryers..." Milah remarked dryly.
"One thing's for sure, this is going to be the most eventful summer ever. And I shudder to think of what school will be like when we go back…" Gwen shuddered.
"At least we won't be able to complain that our lives are dull, right? Isn't that a good thing?" Izzy popped up suddenly from behind her.
Gwen nearly jumped out of her skin.
"DON'T DO THAT!"
"Jeez. Sorry…" Izzy pouted and went off to bother someone else- Chris.
The former host saw her coming and tried to run, but was cornered by several of the former contestants.
"Hi there Chris. I do believe that you put us through hell for three whole seasons. You don't think we'd forget about that, did you?" LeShawna cracked her knuckles.
"This isn't really necessary, is it?" Chris asked nervously.
"Oh, it is…" Sierra muttered, flexing her neck.
"AIE- YI- YAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!"
Everyone went running out of the way as Izzy sped through, leaving a small blaze behind her and carrying a large bowl of punch.
Doing a backflip with the bowl in her hands, somehow managing not to spill a single drop as she did, she landed perfectly on Chris' shoulders and spilled it all over him.
The entire room began to cheer at this and a spotlight was even shone on the humiliated former reality show host.
"Our lives most certainly won't be dull indeed!" Bridgette exclaimed.
"Let's just kick back and relax, shall we?" Heather, Bridgette, Gwen and Lindsay sunk into nearby chairs but didn't have long to relax as a red and green blur sped past them, knocking over their chairs and sending them flying.
And with this final chapter, Keepers of the Elements is finally finished!
This is a happy, yet sad occasion for me and I'm sure it will be for some of you as well.
I would really like it if all my readers would review and tell me what you liked most about this story. All your favourite things. I want to know which were your favourite original characters, favourite scenes, what kind of powers you'd like to have if you could from this story, I want to hear it all! Feel free to ask anything about the writing and planning of this story as well and if you review, I'll gladly answer!
If you have any constructive criticism to give, I'll be glad to hear that as well. I'm always glad of a chance to improve my writing skills.
So, with that I say (to the tune of the Out Of The Box end song)- so long, farewell to you my readers!
Now onto the sequel!